Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Johnny Thunders' 1974 Top 10 Name Check/Reunion "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)

Was this Johnny Thunders' first Top 40 exposure and at the tail end of Dollsmania in 1974? Pure bubble gum detritus that I love which hilariously places JT between the Osmond Brothers and Eric Clapton and "pedalwah wah"! Not only that but Reunion's "Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) was a Top 40 single on KHJ is 1974.  There is even Ullman's early 80's straight take of the song. Not too soon after Cheech & Chongs' "Earache My Eye" overtook Stevie Wonder and topped the KHJ single charts.

I have written before how in the documentary "Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Here's the Bollocks" there is evidence that the Ramones were barred from the KHJ playlist which would have had them at the top of the charts given how voting was kid dominated and the likes of Cheech & Chong had a hit. Makes me want to scream . . .

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